A note from one of my peers who works with public sector customers about a cool opportunity for startups covering the government space:
E-GOV StartupWeekend comes to town – Block your Weekend June 15-17 2012.
Microsoft invites you to join us on June 15-17, 2012, at our Chevy Chase office to solve real-life problems faced by federal and local government agencies, citizens, and businesses or to breathe a new life into existing outdated solutions.
With DCGOV, we’re working with the City of Washington, DC and several agencies of the Federal Government to source dozens of potential ideas and problem areas where you can make an impact. Of course, any and all e-GOV ideas are welcome. Some of the directions which you may be interested in tackling include:
- making government operations more efficient
- simplifying government collaboration
- reducing barriers to access government resources
- facilitating & improving policy-making
- supporting & enhancing civic engagement
The weekend will involve hands-on collaboration with expert mentors, panels on procurement and alternative monetization options in e-government, and more! Final presentations on Sunday will be judged on validation with real-life users, practicality of the prototype, and business model (for revenue-supported products & services) or impact (for grant-supported products and services). We strongly advise considering these criteria when deciding which ideas to pitch and which ones to build during the event.
One winning team will earn a spot in the finalist round of Code For America’s Civic Accelerator!
Register today to improve government, learn new skills, explore emerging opportunities in the e-gov space, and launch a startup or product that makes a serious impact in others’ lives!
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